Postdoctoral Research Fellows
Raph received his M.Sc. degree in chemical and biochemical engineering from the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland) in 2004. After a one year academic internship working on the development of reaction calorimetry applied to polymerisation reactions in supercritical fluids, he joined the group of Prof. H.-A. Klok (EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland) for his doctoral studies. His PhD focused on the preparation of functionalised polymer brushes via surface-initiated controlled polymerisation and their use as platforms for biomedical and bioanalytical applications.
In 2011, Raph has been granted by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) to conduct research at the University of Sydney with A/Prof. Sébastien Perrier. His project at the Key Centre for Polymers and Colloids mainly concentrates on the synthesis, characterisation and applications of hyperbranched polymers prepared by combining RAFT polymerisation and “click” chemistry.
Sabrina obtained her diploma in chemistry in 2002 from the Westfaelische Wilhelms University Muenster, where she has been working in organometallic chemistry in the group of HD Dr. M. Tamm. She developed and investigated various donorfunctionalised cyclohepatrienyl ligands and their correspondent molybdenum coordination complexes. She continued working as a research assistant at the WWU and as a graduated diploma chemist in industry. After that she started her PhD in 2004 at the Rheinisch Westfaelische Technische University of Aachen in the group of Prof. Dr. M. Albrecht, where she specialised in supramolecular chemistry. During her PhD she developed and investigated enantiomerically pure beta-diketonates for helicate type complexes and their correspondent metal complexes. Her particular interest has been in lanthanides as coordinating metals.
She continued working in the field of supramolecular chemistry and lanthanides as a postdoctoral fellow with a two years grant by the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) under the supervision of Dr. P. Thordarson (USYD and UNSW). Her project was the development and investigation of anion-sensitive luminescent self-assembled gels.
Since March 2010, she has been working as a postdoctoral fellow with A/Prof. Dr. Sebastien Perrier, where she is working in supramolecular polymerization and the impact of lanthanides towards the supramolecular architectures.
Paul obtained his BSc (Hon) in 1999 and PhD in 2003 from The University of Sydney with studies into the nucleation of lyotropic liquid crystaline phases at the solid-solution interface, and the solution properties of non-ionic gemini surfactants respectively. After a year working on polymeric encapsulation of organic particles with a private company he spent 15 months at the Centre for Advanced Materials Research, Tohoku University, Japan working on the polymerisation of surfactant templated structures at solid-solution interfaces. He then spend two years at The University of Newcastle studying stimuli-responsive microgel behaviour at interfaces before returning to The University of Sydney to work with Dyno Nobel on Bubble Stabilisation and Density Control in Self-Supporting Emulsions.
Nirmesh obtained his masters degree in Physical Chemistry from South Gujarat University under the supervision of Prof. P. Bahadur. In 1995, he started his PhD at the same university under the guidance of Prof. P. Bahadur. His work was principally devoted to the study of the surface activity and micellization behaviour of some ethylene oxide-propylene oxide block copolymers in aqueous media in the presence of various additives.
From 2001 he did two-years of postdoctoral research in Prof. Dominique Langevin’s group at the Univeriste de Paris, Orsay, France. His research in France focused on the study of the mixed micellization of polymer-surfactant complexes in aqueous media. From 2003, Nirmesh did three years of postdoctoral research in Prof Gregory Warr’s group at the University of Sydney, Australia where he investigated the stability of explosive emulsions.
Nirmesh is currently a postdoctoral research fellow in Dr. Brian Hawkett’s group and his work involves the preparation of polymer/magnetic particle composite beads for the hyperthermia treatment of liver cancer in a project sponsored by Sirtex Medical Limited.
John completed his Honours degree at Victoria University of Wellington in 2001; the project involved using wet air oxidation to treat de-inking sludge and recover the mineral components. In 2004, he graduated with a Masters degree from the same university working on conducting polymer-paper composites.
After spending three years teaching English in Japan and another working at an animal vaccine plant in New Zealand, John joined the KCPC in 2009. He completed his PhD at the University of Sydney under the co-supervision of Prof. Sébastien Perrier and Prof. Thomas Maschmeyer working on surface-initiated polymerization.
Duc won an Ausaid scholarship for bright Vietnamese students from the Australian government and undertook all of his chemistry studies at the University of Western Sydney. During his undergraduate years Duc won numerous prizes, graduating with a distinction average and first class honours. For his honours project he studied polypyrrole based biosensors. Duc completed a PhD under Dr Loo-Teck Ng, at the same university, studying the grafting of polymers on natural and synthetic materials.
Duc joined KCPC after completing his PhD in 2002, initially as a research assistant and then as a post doctoral research fellow, as part of a team funded by Dulux Australia and the ARC. Together with his supervisor Dr Brian Hawkett, he has been credited with three patents on pigment encapsulation and polymer vesiculated structures using RAFT. His current interests remain in the area of nanocomposite synthesis towards the development of new advanced water based coating systems.
After the completion of her PhD in 2002 under the supervision of Professor Bob Gilbert at the School of Chemistry, the University of Sydney, Binh was appointed as a research fellow in KCPC, working with Dr Brian Hawkett. Her working experience and Interest covers the following areas: emulsion and miniemulsion polymerisation; RAFT polymerisation; synthesis, characterisation and properties of amphiphilic diblocks; polymeric vesicles/hollow particles; transdermal and oral drug delivery using natural polymers; interfacial, morphological, thermal and mechanical characterisation of polymeric (nano)materials.
Pramith obtained his PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of New South Wales, Australia in 2006. His PhD research looked into protein and fatty acid interactions during ultrafiltration and fatty acid condensation in deposited protein films.
Pramith earned his M. App. Sc in Food Engineering from the University of New South Wales in 1988. He studied moisture diffusion and ultrastructural changes of fish muscle during air drying for his master’s degree.
He worked as a Senior Research Officer at the Ceylon Institute of Scientific and Industrial Research (CISIR), Sri Lanka, from 1988 to 2000. In addition to carrying out R&D projects, his duties at the CISIR included pilot plant studies, assisting in setting up and commissioning of equipment.
Pramith was awarded the prestigious UNU Fellowship to undergo advanced training and to carry out research at the National Food Research Institute (NFRI) in Japan (1996-97). At the NFRI, he studied separation of oil from oil/ water emulsions by using membrane methods.
He is currently a Research Associate at the School of Chemistry of the University of Sydney. He carries out a research on N2 bubble nucleation mechanisms and methods of bubble stabilization in emulsion explosives. His supervisors are Prof. Greg Warr , and Dr.Brian Hawkett (Support: ARC Linkage with Dyno Nobel).
Suraj obtained his Master’s Degree in Physical Chemistry from Tribhuvan University, Nepal. After completing Master’s Degree, he started working as a lecturer at Kathmandu University. He then received his D. Eng. from Yokohama National University, Japan in 2007 where he studied the phase behavior and interfacial properties of fluorocarbon amphiphiles in water. He was awarded a postdoctoral fellowship at Tokyo University of Science from 2007 to 2010 and his work concentrated on microemulsions and rheology of complex fluids.
Suraj is now a USYD Postdoctoral Fellow, working with Prof. Gregory G. Warr on the self-assembly and liquid crystal emulsions of nonionic surfactant systems.
Honorary Research Associates
After graduating from the University of Adelaide, David joined CSIR (later CSIRO) and was seconded to the Atomic Energy Research Establishment, Harwell, UK for eight years.
He returned to the Lucas Heights Research Establishment of the Australian Atomic Energy Commission and specialised in radiation chemistry. This led to a strong involvement with research workers in Australian Universities particularly in polymer science.
On retirement from the AAEC, he accepted an appointment as an Honorary Research Associate in Chemistry at the University of Sydney continuing a long collaboration with the group headed by Professors Don Napper and Bob Gilbert. This later became the Key Centre for Polymers & Colloids.
Currently, he has been working on the measurement of transfer rate coefficients in emulsion polymerisation.